Palestine Update 529
Voices that transmit hard truths
In this issue of Palestine Updates, we share narratives and illustrations of inestimable damage to the Palestinian psyche by the Israeli army. They include broken ankles, demolished homes, and crushed water cisterns developed as alternatives to the water crisis which would otherwise leave Palestinians their sole source of a basic need and human right- water. The respected Haaretz describes how poisoned Israel with ‘toxic notions’ of racism and repulsion against the Palestinians, Settlers are aping the KKK – an American white supremacist terrorist and hate group. The aggression by Settlers and Israeli armed forces is not unchecked. Each act of repulsion and Israeli insanity is challenged.
Adalah, a Haifa-based legal center reports how notable is the spirit of protest despite targeted violence. How, it must be asked, can protesters watch in silence when residents, children, and journalists are being crushed and battered by Israeli forces in the Naqab. Reports of prison conditions and the rise in numbers of prisoners, especially children, are distressing.
An ex-Shin Bet officer recounts how a myriad of Palestinians are held in custody for no decent rhyme or reason. In fact, past Shin Bet officials see the need for Israel to alter its methods so as to be more humane.
As an article even in the conservative USA Today puts it, “where due process of the law is denied – under Israeli occupation in the West Bank – there is no room for justice.”
A significant and bold protest has ensued. Currently hundreds of Palestinian administrative detainees have been boycotting Israeli military courts over their indefinite imprisonment with no trial or indictment. The oppression juggernaut of Israel navigates tough terrain because Palestinians determinedly dodge and persistently deceive Israel’s foolish tactics.
A broken ankle, a demolished home, and a crushed water cistern
In one day last summer, three Palestinian brothers in the South Hebron Hills paid the price for Israeli forces’ entry into their village.
“We are without water, without electricity, even without homes,” says Amer. “On the other hand, the Israeli settlers who live on our land are provided with everything. When a settler builds a new outpost on Palestinian land, he gets water, electricity, and a road. When we build on our own land, we are prevented from having any of this. Even the alternative systems that we create to stay alive are targeted, like the rainwater cisterns which are our only water source.”
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Violent Israeli Settlers Are Starting to Resemble the KKK
How is it that this new antisemitism enjoys the support and backing of the Jewish state?
“I look at these young people who are poisoned with racism and hatred, and at some of their elders, who are their spiritual mentors and implant in them toxic notions of Jewish supremacy, and I see all the anti-Semites who persecuted their forebears and mine across generations. There are moments when their faces are interchanged in my mind’s eye with the faces of those who expelled the Jews from Spain, with the perpetrators of the pogroms in the steppes of Russia and Ukraine, with the torchers of synagogues in scores of other places around the world over hundreds of years. How did we produce from among us the replicas of our persecutors?”
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Israeli Law & Torture: From Detained Minors to a Prison “Torture Room”
“According to Adalah, a Haifa-based legal center working to protect the rights of Palestinians, 150 Palestinian Bedouins (some 40 percent of whom are minors) have been arrested and accused of “rioting” during protests against their expulsion from the area…what makes this moment particularly notable, observers say, is both the spirit of protest among the Bedouins and the level of violence enacted on them. In the past few weeks, there have been numerous reports of protesters, residents, children, and at least one journalist being beaten and abused by Israeli forces in the Naqab. In one instance, Israeli soldiers dropped tear gas on protesters from drones previously used only in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, debunking the myth that those with Israeli citizenship are somehow shielded from the regime’s colonial violence.”
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Military Court Watch January 2022 Newsletter
“According to data issued quarterly by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 December 2021, there were 4,271 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza) held as “security prisoners” in detention facilities including 145 children (12-17 years). In the case of children there was a 6% decrease in the number compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 8% compared with 2020. Five children were held in administrative detention. According to the IPS, 64% of child detainees were transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Conventionand the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”
According to data issued quarterly by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 December 2021, there were 4,271 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza) held as “security prisoners” in detention facilities including 145 children (12-17 years). In the case of children there was a 6% decrease in the number compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 8% compared with 2020. Five children were held in administrative detention. According to the IPS, 64% of child detainees were transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Conventionand the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Forcible transfer of children – According to data released by the Israeli Prison Service, 64 percent of Palestinian children detained by Israeli military forces in the West Bank were transferred and detained inside Israel in 2021. The transfer and detention of these children outside the West Bank is classified as a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention – a treaty drafted in the aftermath of the Second World War and ratified by 196 States, including Israel in 1951. The practice is also prohibited under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Experience gained during the Second World War convinced a generation of leaders that the transfer of population groups must be prohibited in all circumstances.
A child’s testimony – On 31 July 2021, a 17-year-old minor from Tubas was arrested by Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint at 4:00 p.m. He reports being denied his legal rights and being held in solitary confinement for 7 days in Ofer prison. “I was at Tayaseer military checkpoint when I was approached by an Israeli military jeep. It was around 4:00 p.m. About six soldiers got out of the jeep and grabbed me. They swore at me and started to kick me. Then one of the soldiers tied my hands to the front with two plastic ties: one around my wrists and another higher up near my elbows. The ties were very tight and painful. Then I was blindfolded.”
We Arrested Countless Palestinians for No Reason,’ Says Ex-top Shin Bet Officer
The Shin Bet’s former No. 3 thinks it’s time for Israel to rethink its modus operandi
“[Rubovitch] served for 25 years in the Shin Bet, in posts ranging from case officer to head of a directorate, the No. 3 job at the agency…Now he is willing to talk for the first time about his service in the Shin Bet and his insights about Israeli society and its relations with the Palestinians. During a series of conversations with Haaretz, Rubovitch spoke candidly about a range of topics.”
What human rights? My sick son is being held on secret charges in an Israeli prison.
“My son Amal is in an Israeli prison, where his life is at risk. My family and I are trying to free him. For a year now, Amal has been held under administrative detention, meaning that he is imprisoned without charge, without trial, on the pretext of secret evidence we cannot see. This is documented by the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. We do not know what he is accused of, or whether he will ever be released. The military court system can keep renewing his detention indefinitely – the last time was in January, just before his 18th birthday. Amal has myasthenia gravis, a rare neuromuscular disorder that causes such severe muscle fatigue that it can be hard to breathe or swallow food…under administrative detention, Amal can’t even get his day in a military court. Which makes me wonder: Is justice being served, or is it the law of the jungle? In a world where due process of the law is denied – under Israeli occupation in the West Bank – there is no room for justice.”
Striking for freedom:Why Palestinian detainees are boycotting Israeli courts
Following hunger strike victories last year, Palestinians hope collective action will force Israel to abolish its practice of indefinite detention without trial.
“For the past six weeks, hundreds of Palestinian administrative detainees have been boycotting Israeli military courts over their indefinite imprisonment with no trial or indictment. Since Jan. 1, the prisoners have announced that they will not arrive for hearings at courts, and that they are refusing to allow attorneys to represent them in absentia until Israel ceases its use of administrative detention.”
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